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Lupul, Monster Come Up Big In Dallas

Saturday, 26.11.2011 / 12:17 AM / News
Associated Press
DALLAS -- Joffrey Lupul scored in the third round of the shootout to send the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday night.

Lupul was the lone scorer in the shootout, firing a shot through the pads of Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson denied Dallas Mike Ribeiro in the third round to secure the extra point.

Clarke MacArthur had given Toronto a 3-2 lead at 6:55 of the third period.

Tim Connelly slid a pass from the right boards toward the net while MacArthur barrelled up the middle of the ice. MacArthur deposited his eighth goal of the season past Lehtonen on Toronto's first shot of the final period.

But Radek Dvorak pulled Dallas even at 3 at 12:47 of the third, notching his second of the season from low in the right circle.

Dion Pfaneuf added a power-play goal and Joey Crabb connected at even strength for the Maple Leafs.

Gustavsson, filling in for the injured James Reimer, made 26 saves.

Eric Nystrom scored twice and Lehtonen stopped 20 shots for the Stars.

The game drew a sellout crowd of 18,532, the first sellout for the Stars this season, with the help of a vocal contingent of Maple Leaf fans.

Nystrom gave the Stars the lead when he beat Gustavsson on a wrist shot from the slot at 4:03 of the opening period.

The Leafs tied it at 1 at 10:55 of the first on Crabb's deflection, his fourth goal of the season.

Phaneuf's power-play goal - his third of the season - sent Toronto ahead at 14:53 of the first on a slap shot that dribbled through Lehtonen's pads and over the goal line.

Nystrom drew Dallas even at 2 at 4:38 of the second period with his sixth goal of the season, converting Dvorak's goal-mouth pass for Nystrom's third career two-goal game.

Nystrom, acquired from Minnesota in a trade on Oct. 12, had only four goals in 82 games for the Wild last season.

NOTES: Reimer has returned to practice, the next step in his recovery from concussion-like symptoms, and is expected to be activated within the next 10 days. ... Stars LW and captain Brenden Morrow (multiple minor injuries) missed his second straight game and is day-to-day. He's expected to return next week. ... This was the only meeting between the teams this season. Last season the teams played their only game in Toronto, a 4-1 win for the Maple Leafs. ... A group of Toronto players and staff attended Thursday's Miami-Dallas NFL game in a luxury suite at Cowboys Stadium. ... Dallas is at Phoenix on Saturday. Toronto ends a four-game trip against Anaheim on Sunday.

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